Did Chip and Joanna Gaines' 'Fixer Upper' fans break Waco? (2022)

It was David Koresh who first introduced television audiences to Waco as news cameras captured smoke pouring from the cult leader's compound located outside of the Texas town. Viewers watched Federal agents breach the burning building decked in full SWAT gear with rifles, as cult members slowly emerged from the flames.

For two decades, the self-proclaimed prophet, bullets and fire were Waco's legacy.

Then in 2013, Americans saw a new side of Waco thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of the Home and Garden Television network's "Fixer Upper." The couple became America’s sweethearts with Chip's goofy nature and Joanna's model looks—not to mention their religious values, swarm of handsome children, family focus and design skills.

Nine years later, the couple has a new show on their own network, named for their thriving Magnolia brand, as well as magazines, books, apparel and design lines. And Waco itself has become a star.

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"Fixer Upper" fans flock to Waco’s Magnolia Market at the Silos, the shopping complex that encompasses two downtown city blocks. After Magnolia Market opened in 2016, the city saw a 165 percent increase in tourism in one year, according to the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau. An average of 2.5 million people visited Waco at its pre-pandemic heights, with 1.7 million visiting in 2021.

Some of those visitors decide they want to live in the city known as "The Heart of Texas."

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Waco is a dichotomy. It’s a city with an average household income of $40,349 and where more than 25 percent of the population lives in poverty, according to the most recent U.S. Census. But it is also the home to Baylor University where undergraduate tuition sits at $51,738 per year. Where tourists can buy a $58 candle from Magnolia.

While Magnolia's success has been a boon to the Waco economy, local homeowners are experiencing the ill effects of living in a now-famous city. The increase in property values has led to a substantial rise in property taxes that some Wacoans find themselves struggling to afford. Homeowners received an average tax appraisal increase of 29 percent, KWTX reported. Magnolia did not respond to requests for comment.

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Pam Hanson of Coldwell Bankers has been a realtor in Waco since 2004 and has witnessed the city’s growth, including one local who has to list his home because of the tax hikes.

"He's being forced out of his home because he can't afford to live there. He's being forced out of a home that he's earned for 30 years," she says. "That’s not the American dream."

Stinson Bland is a real estate investor who made the move from Dallas to Waco in July 2020 specifically for the property appreciation value. His company, Waco First Home Buyers, purchases "distressed properties" that are either then renovated and sold, or used as rental properties. Last year, Bland bought and sold 46 homes in Waco.

As part of the Waco First business model, Bland says he tends to invest in homes that are in older neighborhoods with houses that have been in a family for generations and owners that are living on a fixed income.

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"When we go in and buy a property and basically renovate the entire thing then sell it for basically two or three times the value that it was previously sold for—what happens is it increases the value of the homes in the area," Bland says. "And it’s not just me doing this, there are hundreds of people doing it too."

The Loss of Home

Two 120-foot-high silos that once housed cotton seed are now a part of Magnolia Market, a shopping complex covering two city blocks in Waco.

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Here, flowers bloom, Astroturf gleams, and each element is designed in Joanna's trademark farmhouse style. There are stores, a coffee shop, a restaurant, a bakery, food trucks and even a baseball diamond. A historic church sits in the middle of the commotion, a spot where visitors wander in quietly to take a peek at the architecture before heading outside to more intriguing interests. Tour buses idle outside the compound's black metal fence where visitors from around the country disembark to see Magnolia in person.

Those who decide to see the city via bus will visit spots such as Baylor's campus, shops featured in "Fixer Upper," and the city’s largest park.

However, the tour does not take them past Kate Ross Apartments, the city's 80-year-old low-income apartments that face an uncertain future with its prime location on I-35. The bus does not drive by South Terrace, the public housing that was converted to subsidized housing. The tour director does not describe how Marsha Martie's daughter and grandchildren had to find a new place to live when the Wendy's manager and mother of five had her rent raised to $1,250 a month.

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The tour bus will not stop at a small blue house with brand new hotels on one side and family homes on the other. This is the Gospel Café, a nonprofit that provides free meals to absolutely anyone who visits.

CrossTies Ecumenical Church of Waco purchased the abandoned house on 10th Street in 1996 to transform it into a safe space for all to enjoy a warm meal. Martie, the pastor of CrossTies, knows the families who live down and across the street from the nonprofit. She has witnessed the residents' forced relocation from the area as Waco's bursting economy clashes with established communities.

"I look at the kids. They had their grandmother right there next door or down the street—that's gone. Families and friends who have known each other forever—gone," Martie says. "That destruction of community just tears at my soul. That is absolutely the worse outcome."

The rise in popularity of Waco's downtown has resulted in a need for more—and chicer—lodging options for tourists. Those neighborhood families find themselves either facing evictions from landlords or find themselves forced out by escalated property taxes.

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Martie describes the recent displacement of people in the neighborhood as "violent."

"We have businesses now instead of family homes," Martie says. "We have only a part of one block left that would look like a part of the old neighborhood."

The influx of "Fixer Upper" fans pouring funds in downtown businesses and the need to lodge those visitors led to downtown properties being snatched up, renovated, and typically resold as short-term rentals. Hanson says that homes in downtown Waco now sell for $300 a square foot, where they were selling for $18 a square foot a few years ago. The median price per square foot in Texas is $153.

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Hanson explains that downtown mainly consisted of Section-8 housing, vacant, abandoned, or damaged buildings, and the area was not in high demand. Now, short-term rentals pepper the neighborhood that Joanna herself could have designed with their white siding, black accents, and front porches.

"That alone has really driven up the prices of those homes and has pushed some people out of the area," Hanson explains. "Especially if they weren’t the homeowners."

One recent client "couldn't pass up the market" and listed his rental property for sale. The tenant who had lived in the home for 30 years had to find another qualified Section 8 home. "She was a great tenant, but it just made sense to dump the property in this market," Hanson says.

As a real estate investor, seller, and landlord for Waco First, Bland has seen all sides of the current housing crisis in Waco. The standard homeowner is not the only one who felt the hurt of the property tax increase in Waco, some landlords found themselves facing a conundrum.

"As a landlord, when your taxes double or triple, you either have the choice to maintain a rental at a loss—or you can increase the rent to offset the cost," Bland says. "As a landlord, we're forced by the taxes to raise the rent."

Martie’s voice gets thick with emotion as she recalls the Gospel Cafe's neighbors who found themselves with an eviction notice in hand. But does she blame the affable DIY titans?

"I have never thought to blame the Gaines for this. This is not their fault," Martie says. "They moved there but this is capitalism. Private enterprise. It wasn’t the Gaines going around buying houses in our neighborhood—it was others looking to make a profit off the Gaines."

A Different Waco

When out-of-state buyers call Hanson with the hopes of purchasing a Waco home—sight unseen—she discourages them from doing so. Then, she educates them about the area with information such as school ratings, crime rates, resale values, and other factors that are difficult to envision when perusing images on Zillow.

"There’s a reason a house is a good deal," Hanson says. "I've had some people move out of state to the Waco proper areas and then not be so happy with the surrounding properties…The properties on the show are great but they don’t show the neighborhood and the neighborhoods are still going through gentrification."

Bland’s fiance Daniella Rodriguez is the realtor for Waco First Home Buyers and he estimates that 25 to 30 percent of their buyers have been from out of state.

"I feel like a lot of these buyers watch Chip and Joanna—and I love Waco, Waco is my home—but they make it look a lot different than it is," Bland says. "When people call [Danielle] from out of town, they're generally looking for things that don't exist like: 'I want a three bedroom, two bathroom home in a beautiful neighborhood for a 100 grand.' There’s this whole misconception about what exists due to TV."

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If buyers spot a house within a desirable neighborhood that they would like to purchase, chances are a homeowner lives there who isn't interested in selling.

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"I have gotten calls almost every day for the last three weeks from somebody random wanting to buy my house," says Leah Stewart, a downtown business owner who lives in the desirable Cameron Park area. "I come home to notes taped to my front door, 'I'm a realtor, are you interested in selling? I have three people that want to buy your home.' I mean, it’s crazy."

Hanson says that affordability is the number one reason why people relocate to Waco. But that "Fixer Upper" is what put Waco in the running against larger cities for out-of-state residents wanting to make a move.

Robert G. Callahan, II is a local defense lawyer who has lived in Waco for 20 years. He says that they were only able to purchase a home six years ago in the red hot market because it was for sale by owner. He knows of people who have moved to Waco specifically because they see the Gaines' conservative, Christian lifestyle and desire the same. "Some of them even specifically even came and bought older houses hoping they'd be able to have them fixed up by Magnolia," he says.

Hanson says that people who come in pursuit of the "Fixer Upper" life often find themselves purchasing outside of Waco. After all, the Gaines themselves don't even live within city limits but rather in one of the small surrounding towns.

"I think the show drives them to Waco proper first," Hanson says. "I think they see Waco proper, I hate to say it, but they see the school ratings and most end up going to the suburbs."

These buyers tend to head to Woodway, Hewitt, China Spring, Robinson, and Lorena—all small towns that surround Waco. According to Zillow, the average home price in Woodway has increased from $189,000 in May 2013 to $407,000 in June 2022. Woodway's population is 93.2 percent white, compared to Waco's 66.9 percent white population.

Revitalizing Downtown

Waco sits nearly directly in the middle of Austin and Dallas along Highway 35. Before the Gaines headquartered their company—now worth $750 million according to a report by Ok!—in the city, downtown Waco was a sleepy spot with a few restaurants and bars scattered throughout. The only "skyscraper" (and the oldest standing skyscraper in Texas) stands at 22 stories high and proudly boasts its name in red neon lights: "ALICO."

Stewart has lived in the city since she graduated from Baylor University in 1998. She opened her restaurant The Olive Branch in 2003 and was a part of early efforts to revitalize downtown before the Gaines entered the scene. "There wasn’t enough momentum or wealth," Stewart says of the movement. "A lot of us were young and we didn’t have the power or backing."

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While downtown did see improvements thanks to these efforts, the area didn't become a destination until the Magnolia empire came to town. The 72-year-old Silos had stood empty since the 1990s until the Gaines saw potential in the patina buildings and surrounding land. Magnolia Market is not the only property that the Gaines have purchased and refurbished—Magnolia owns 37 properties in McLennan County, according to property records.

As customers wait in line at Silos Baking Co. for a famous Magnolia cupcake, they can glimpse a squat brown building two blocks north. This is the Salvation Army's Community Kitchen and Men's Shelter, but it won’t be there for much longer. The rumor around Waco is that the nonprofit is being pushed to relocate.

"I think that there’s been a really big movement to move transient people out of downtown for looks, for tourists, for safety, for whatever reason," Stewart says. "A lot of the places that they used to be able to afford to get a room are getting torn down or reutilized for other things."

Major Jim Taylor, a corps officer with Waco’s Salvation Army, said via email that the move is due to logistics rather than looks. There are no finalized plans yet for the Salvation Army's downtown location.

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Waco is well-known in the state for its local nonprofits that aid the transient population. Students from across Texas attend Mission Waco's Poverty Simulation where they experience a weekend of living on the streets. Waco Mission even holds church services under I-35 with wealthy Baylor students sitting next to lower-income locals. As downtown properties continue to be converted into short-term rentals, charming retail options or other amenities for tourists—Wacoans are concerned about the transient population that calls the area home.

"In some regards, it's kind of that the space has been unclaimed and unused, it has been available for the transient population," Callahan explains. "But now it's coming to life again, and there's definitely the consideration of how can we fairly treat this population while at the same time this is an area that is booming and is honestly fairly exclusive... It's definitely the case that as one group is experiencing unprecedented growth and prosperity—the other is being overlooked."

Bland does not like to use the word "gentrification" because of the negative connotations attached to it. But he acknowledges that is what is occurring in Waco, especially downtown where long-term residents are finding themselves relocated.

"It’s negative for the people who have been here for a long time and are long citizens of Waco," Bland says, "but for the long-term success of the city, changes like that have to be made. It’s a Catch-22."

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When Deborah Korpi moved to Waco with her husband, Michael, 40 years ago, they purchased a house down the street from where the Silos stand.

Korpi recalls how the couple's friends balked when they purchased the home. "We were like crusaders to move downtown. People thought we were insane because downtown was a ghost town," she says. "We thought we were going to be sojourners."

After their home was broken into multiple times—once Korpi encountered the thieves as she returned home with her children—they packed up and moved eight miles down the road to Woodway. A Torchy's Tacos now sits on the former lot of their downtown home.

Dreams of bringing downtown back to life are what led the couple to initially settle in the area all those years ago. Korpi recalls collecting photos of downtown Waco as it was before so many buildings became empty.

"[The Gaines] brought it back to life. Who else could have done that?" Korpi says. "Joanna's a hometown girl. She grew up in a town she loved, she married her college sweetheart. They could have gone anywhere, but here they are."

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Around the corner from the Gospel Cafe and a five-minute walk to Magnolia, two houses stand side-by-side. One, an Airbnb that looks blessed by Joanna; the other, abandoned.

Visitors to the Airbnb find what is promised on the listing: a bright white house with black trim, two stained wood pillars holding up the tiny front porch and immaculate landscaping.To the right, they see a faded yellow house with large boards covering the windows spray-painted with the message "KEEP OUT."A for sale by owner sign is pinned next to the front door.

The Airbnb is currently rated 4.84 stars with an average rate of $268 a night (and another $215 in fees tacked on for each stay). The property description addresses the next-door neighbors who might not live up to the "Fixer Upper" hype.

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"This is an up-and-coming neighborhood! You'll notice several new fixed up houses, along with some houses that are disheveled and...well, need some fixing up," the owner's listing reads. "Each year we live here we see the whole city slowly, but surely, being transformed. Our neighborhood is one of many that are all part of the transformation of this city. It's not perfect, but all of Waco feels this way."

A previous version of this article implied that Waco Tours took a specific route across the city.

FAQs

Is someone suing Chip and Joanna Gaines? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network Yanks 'Home Work' After Hosts Accused of Blowing Budgets and Deadlines: “Remodel From Hell” Two homeowners have come forward with allegations that Andy and Candis Meredith did not do the work promised and, in one case, caused an $18,000 repair.

Why did chip and Joanna get Cancelled? ›

The series, hosted by Andy and Candis Meredith, focused on renovating homes in the Utah area. But when at least three homeowners featured on the show came forward on social media this week with allegations of damaged homes, long delays and over-budget renovations, Magnolia Network decided to scrap the show.

How much did the Gaines pay for the silos? ›

Magnolia Market at the Silos, commonly called Magnolia Market, is a shopping complex that encompasses two city blocks in downtown Waco, Texas.
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Do Fixer Upper clients get to keep the furniture? ›

Chip and Joanna often use their go-to vendors, like carpenter Clint Harp, for big projects—and homeowners usually get to keep these one-of-a-kind items. Have a home ready to renovate. On previous seasons of Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna showed the clients three homes before they settled on one to renovate.

Who got fired from Magnolia? ›

Clients Come Forward

That was followed by lengthy stories from Jeff and Teisha Hawley, who ended up pulling out of the show, mother-of-five Vienna Goates, who also ended her involvement with the couple, and realtor Aaron Oldham.

What show was pulled from the Magnolia? ›

Yet the Gaines announced they were walking away from "Fixer Upper" in 2017 after five seasons. "We gave everything we had to this show — the beautiful homes and those sweet families — but this just felt like the right time to catch our breath for a bit," Joanna told People at the time.

Did Home Work get pulled from Magnolia? ›

The network pulled Home Work from the air in January 2022 amid the controversy. “Magnolia Network is aware that certain homeowners have expressed concerns about renovation projects undertaken by Candis and Andy Meredith,” Allison Page, the president of Magnolia, said in a statement at the time.

Did Chip and Joanna sell their farmhouse? ›

A representative for the couple told TODAY, "Any report that Chip and Joanna have sold their farmhouse is completely untrue. They have not sold their home and they do not have any plans to do so. A simple correction was made on the property line they share with their neighbors.

Who owns Magnolia Network net worth? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines have an estimatednet worth of $50 million collectively. The couple have numerous revenue streams, includingFixer Upper, Magnolia Network, Magnolia Realty, Magnolia Homes, Hearth & Hand for Target and numerous retail and restaurant businesses in their native Texas.

Where do Chip and Joanna live now? ›

The owners of Magnolia, Chip and Joanna Gaines are proud to call Waco home.

What is Magnolia Farms net worth? ›

The combination of the show, Magnolia properties and storefronts, book deals and many other exciting entrepreneurial endeavors have been reported to be valued at a whopping $750 million, if a recent insider source to OK Magazine is to be believed.

Did the Gaines buy DIY Network? ›

Magnolia Network took over Discovery's DIY Network on January 5th, 2022. So, if your current cable or satellite plan includes the DIY Network, then you're good to go!

Do the homeowners get paid on Fixer Upper? ›

Does Hgtv Pay For Renovations On 'fixer Upper'? Surprisingly, the answer is no. The couple (or person) is responsible for paying for their own renovations, but that doesn't mean they walk away totally empty handed. While HGTV doesn't fund the renovations, they do pay for one big ticket item.

Who pays for all the furniture on Fixer Upper? ›

1. Do they get to keep the furniture in Fixer Upper? In short, the answer is no. The couple (or person) is required to either purchase the pieces from HGTV or return them after filming wraps.

Is Fixer Upper staged? ›

Throughout the years, one question has dogged fans of the show: Is it all actually real? It turns out that not everything you see on "Fixer Upper" is real, and there are a few parts that are so contrived it almost makes it hard to watch the show.

What is the most watched show on HGTV? ›

Number of seasons: 6

Since the show first aired back in 2016, they've renovated nearly 90 houses, and back in 2020, HGTV reported that Good Bones is the number one most-watched series on HGTV GO, generating more than 5.7 million video views across HGTV's social accounts.

Who owns Magnolia Network? ›

HBO has gained the Gaineses. Per Variety, Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines's Magnolia Network will now be overseen by HBO. Magnolia, the lifestyle brand home to a bunch of modern-farmhouse aesthetic content (and, okay, some non-Gaines shows too), is jointly owned by the couple and Discovery.

Where is Clint Harp now? ›

Unfortunately for his Fixer Upper fans, Clint is not on the reboot show. In his Instagram bio, he calls himself a #FixerUpper alum. But luckily he's still in the carpentry business. He's just taken his talents from HGTV to the Magnolia Network, the same network that Chip and Jo started.

Has Magnolia Network been sued? ›

The hosts of the Magnolia Network renovation show have been accused of poor workmanship, extreme delays, ballooning budgets and questionable bookkeeping by at least two other homeowners whose homes were remodeled as part of the series on Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network.

Why did dish remove Magnolia Network? ›

But now, Magnolia Network and Discovery Plus have removed the series after several homeowners accused the hosts of damaging their properties during renovations and blowing their budgets by tens of thousands of dollars.

How successful is Magnolia Network? ›

Magnolia Network has produced nearly 100 originals, totalling more than 350 hours of content across digital and linear and, leaning into the early success of its inaugural programming slate, the network continues to grow with more than 30 projects in various stages of development.

How many kids do Candis and Andy Meredith have? ›

The Utah duo and parents to seven kids (each had three sons from previous relationships before they wed and had their daughter) were featured in the 2015 HGTV series Old Home Love before developing the Facebook show Win This House in 2017.

Are Chip and Joanna moving to California? ›

The couple currently lives in Waco, Texas

Chip and Joanna Gaines reportedly "want to invest" in a home in Montecito, Calif., and potentially expand "their property portfolio."

What is happening with Andy and Candis? ›

Andy and Candis Meredith's show, Home Work, will return to the Magnolia Network despite being removed from the air last Friday following complaints from several former clients about the alleged quality of the Utah-based couple's renovations. "Magnolia Network is dedicated to sharing hopeful and genuine stories.

Have the Gaines sold the farm? ›

Home sweet home no more. Late last month, "Fixer Upper" couple Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that they were ending their HGTV show. Now comes word that they have sold their beloved farm house, which was featured in nearly every episode of their show.

Do the Meeks still live in the Barndominium? ›

The Meek family sold the Barndominium to real estate investor Kristi Bass, who listed it on short-term rental sites for $1,200 a night, per Curbed.

How much did Chip and Joanna pay for the castle? ›

According to CultureMap Dallas, the couple didn't disclose the price they bought the castle, but it was listed at $425,000 with a tax appraisal of $350,700 in 2019. Currently, the property has been appraised for $1,127,470.

Who is Chip Gaines wife? ›

How much is Gaines net worth? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines' net worth. The estimated net worth of Chip and Joanna Gaines is $20 million.

How much is Ben and Erin Worth on hometown? ›

As of 2022, Ben and Erin Napier have a net worth of $5 million. Both reality stars are originally from Laurel, Mississippi, but Ben moved around a lot because his dad is a pastor. Erin's mom is a realtor, and her dad is a physical therapist.

Who owns the shotgun house in Waco? ›

UPDATE: Waco's famous Shotgun House from the HGTV hit show Fixer Upper has languished on the market for nearly half a year due, most likely, to its massive price tag of nearly $1 million. According to the Waco Tribune-Herald, the home's owner, Cameron Bell, was surprised at the reaction to the listing.

Can you visit Chip and Joanna Gaines in Waco? ›

If you want to do the full Chip and Jo experience in Waco, you'll need to head over to their restaurant, Magnolia Table. They don't take reservations and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your party headed over there as soon as you can.

Is Magnolia Table filmed at the Gaines home? ›

Joanna Gaines' new cooking series “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines,” filmed in a restored Central Texas grist mill, will get a preview Sunday night on the Food Network, with an hourlong making-of segment followed by two episodes.

Is Chip Gaines a realtor? ›

Chip Carter Gaines is a licensed real estate service provider in Waco, Texas. The license was issued to Chip Carter Gaines by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission).

What businesses do Chip and Joanna own? ›

Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines opened their own real estate firm, Magnolia Realty, in 2009. The pair specialized in buying and selling farm and ranch properties around Waco, Texas, which led them to open offices with more than 100 realtors serving six major cities and metropolitan areas in Texas.

Where do Chip and Joanna live in Waco? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines house is in Crawford, Texas, on the outskirts of Waco. The, you guessed it, fixer-upper farmhouse estate is situated on 40 stunning acres and started out as a ramshackle disaster.

Why did the Gaines leave HGTV? ›

Why did Chip and Joanna leave HGTV? It's pretty simple: The couple decided to focus on their family and on building a business beyond the show. In 2017, Chip and Joanna shared a statement on their website that emphasized their desire to stop and smell the magnolias.

Do Chip and Joanna Gaines own Magnolia Bakery? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper and the couple behind the widely successful Magnolia brand, first launched Silos Baking Company in mid-2016.

How much does the Magnolia Network cost? ›

Sign up now, starting at $4.99 a month, to have access. You can access updates about the network and subscribe to the email list for the most up-to-date announcements on the Magnolia Network website.

How do I hire Chip and Joanna Gaines? ›

If you believe you meet all the requirements, email casting@magnolia.com for more information on how to apply.

Do clients keep furniture on farmhouse fixer? ›

Like many other shows on HGTV, the furniture utilized in the homeowner reveal at the end of each episode of Fixer to Fabulous is often just there for staging purposes. Unfortunately, even though the clients are often commenting on specific pieces during the show, those items are not usually theirs to keep.

Did Chip and Joanna buy a new house? ›

The beloved couple purchased the historic Cottonland Castle in their native Waco, Texas back in 2019. Known as "The Castle" to Wacoans, the project is full of a lot of local history, from its stonework to previous ownership. A spokesperson from Magnolia Realty spoke to WTHR back in 2019 when the news was announced.

How much did Joanna Gaines stove cost? ›

Joanna Gaines is as famous for her delicious recipes and cooking skills as she is for her work in home design. Fans of the Magnolia Network spotted a very expensive appliance on Gaines' cooking show, Magnolia Table – a $50,000 stove.

Do the homeowners get to keep the staging furniture on Fixer Upper? ›

You get one free piece of furniture. When the show aired on HGTV, the furniture and decor used for the big reveal was staged. However, the network always gave the homeowner one big ticket item to keep at the end, ranging from a sectional to a dining room table. The rest of the furniture is available for purchase.

Do clients keep the furniture on Fixer Upper welcome home? ›

Fixer Upper: Does the furniture stay? No, the furniture seen on the Magnolia Network show does not stay in the home. When staging the property, Chip and Joanna tend to use their own – or the client's – personal items for the big transformation.

Who is suing chip and Joanna? ›

Two homeowners have come forward with allegations that Andy and Candis Meredith did not do the work promised and, in one case, caused an $18,000 repair.

Why don't they show bedrooms on Fixer Upper? ›

except all of my stuff is in here." It turns out that two or three rooms you don't see in an episode of "Fixer Upper" are storage rooms. Which makes sense, because they're not exactly very photogenic. Watch the full clip below, which aired Tuesday night in a sneak preview after the "Fixer Upper" season finale.

Do chip and Joanna still have their restaurant? ›

When Elite Cafe closed in 2016, it was purchased a few months later by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The couple auctioned off the contents of the restaurant and donated the money to Mission Waco's Jubilee Food Market. Magnolia Table opened in 2018. I liked that the new restaurant paid homage to its history.

Did Chip and Joanna sell their farmhouse? ›

A representative for the couple told TODAY, "Any report that Chip and Joanna have sold their farmhouse is completely untrue. They have not sold their home and they do not have any plans to do so. A simple correction was made on the property line they share with their neighbors.

How much is Chip and Joanna Gaines worth 2022? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines have an estimatednet worth of $50 million collectively. The couple have numerous revenue streams, includingFixer Upper, Magnolia Network, Magnolia Realty, Magnolia Homes, Hearth & Hand for Target and numerous retail and restaurant businesses in their native Texas.

Is Fixer Upper staged? ›

Throughout the years, one question has dogged fans of the show: Is it all actually real? It turns out that not everything you see on "Fixer Upper" is real, and there are a few parts that are so contrived it almost makes it hard to watch the show.

Who owns the Magnolia network? ›

Magnolia, the lifestyle brand home to a bunch of modern-farmhouse aesthetic content (and, okay, some non-Gaines shows too), is jointly owned by the couple and Discovery. This move comes as Discovery has officially acquired WarnerMedia, with Warner Bros. Discovery set to launch on April 11.

Have the Gaines sold the farm? ›

Home sweet home no more. Late last month, "Fixer Upper" couple Chip and Joanna Gaines announced that they were ending their HGTV show. Now comes word that they have sold their beloved farm house, which was featured in nearly every episode of their show.

Why was home work pulled from Magnolia? ›

Two days after the series first appeared on airwaves, the network pulled Home Work amid allegations of shoddy work, expanding budgets and timelines, a lack of communication from Andy and Candis and unsafe conditions.

Where do Chip and Joanna live now? ›

The owners of Magnolia, Chip and Joanna Gaines are proud to call Waco home.

Who is Chip Gaines wife? ›

How much do Chip and Joanna make per house? ›

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Chip and Joanna reportedly earned $30,000 for each episode, as reported by E!, which did not include the fees they received from the families whose homes they renovated. So, they could take home upward of $510,000 in a single season.

How much did Chip and Joanna pay for the castle? ›

According to CultureMap Dallas, the couple didn't disclose the price they bought the castle, but it was listed at $425,000 with a tax appraisal of $350,700 in 2019. Currently, the property has been appraised for $1,127,470.

How much does it actually cost to be on Fixer Upper? ›

According to TheCheatSheet.com, contestants must be willing to drop a minimum of $30,000 on renovations in order to have the wonders of Waco, Chip and Joanna Gaines, show up on your doorstep ready for a full demolition.

What is Magnolia Farms net worth? ›

The combination of the show, Magnolia properties and storefronts, book deals and many other exciting entrepreneurial endeavors have been reported to be valued at a whopping $750 million, if a recent insider source to OK Magazine is to be believed.

Do Chip and Joanna still have their restaurant? ›

When Elite Cafe closed in 2016, it was purchased a few months later by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The couple auctioned off the contents of the restaurant and donated the money to Mission Waco's Jubilee Food Market. Magnolia Table opened in 2018. I liked that the new restaurant paid homage to its history.

Did the Gaines buy DIY Network? ›

Magnolia Network took over Discovery's DIY Network on January 5th, 2022. So, if your current cable or satellite plan includes the DIY Network, then you're good to go!

Do Chip and Joanna Gaines own Magnolia Bakery? ›

Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper and the couple behind the widely successful Magnolia brand, first launched Silos Baking Company in mid-2016.

Does Shorty still work for Magnolia? ›

'Fixer Upper: Welcome Home': Fan-Favorite Shorty Returns to Work With Chip and Joanna Gaines in Magnolia Network Reboot. Chip and Joanna Gaines have launched Magnolia Network and fans can't get enough of the programming.

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